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Working Groups

In addition to providing access to a wealth of knowledge through its library, G-I-N has set up groups to carry out a variety of activities. There are a number of working groups focusing on specific topics and exchanging expertise in order to improve methodologies. Several of the groups have discussion boards, but members need to log in to take part in discussions.

Accelerated Guideline Development

The aim of the Accelerated Guideline Development Working Group is to provide a method for helping the G-I-N-members to develop guidelines in an accelerated time frame, i.e. 6 months or less.

The current Chair of the AGD Working Group is Sophie Blanchard. Sophie can be contacted via s.blanchard@has-sante.fr.

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Adaptation

Guideline adaptation is the systematic approach to the endorsement and/or modification of a guideline(s) produced in one cultural and organisational setting for application in a different context. Adaptation may be used as an alternative to de novo guideline development, e.g., for customising (an) existing guideline(s) to suit the local context.

The current Chair of the Adaptation Working Group is Airton Stein: airton.stein@gmail.com

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AID Knowledge

Rapid knowledge appraisal methods in COVID-19 times, G-I-N AID Knowledge

The speed at which guidance needs to be produced during the Covid-19 outbreak poses a huge challenge to guidance producing bodies around the globe. Outbreak guidance is known for the need to be ‘fast but right’, but now that Covid-19 is affecting health systems, including other parts of clinical care, primary care, long-term care, care for ageing adults, mental health care, and many more, guidance for a wide range of sectors is being developed at a fraction of the time that is usually required.

This poses an acute challenge: how to appraise and include wide ranging types of knowledge to come to robust guidance in the absence of frequentist (RCT-based) evidence? How to do so without resorting to expert opinion without empirical checks-and-balances? And how to balance harms, benefits and efficiencies, especially when already marginalized communities risk paying the highest price?

The working group on Appraising and Including Different Knowledge (AID Knowledge) https://g-i-n.net/working-groups/aid-knowledge of the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) is launching two initiatives to inventory methods deployed and provide peer support in producing rapid guidance. It will run 1) inventory current methods and approaches for rapid knowledge appraisal and inclusion, as predominantly used by G-I-N members and will 2) run several webinars/workshops for guidance developers where leaders from different care sectors give short presentations, followed by peer support for challenges raised in break-out rooms.

These initiatives serve the dual aim of 1) providing current support to those developing guidance under unprecedented conditions and 2) inventorying methods that, though used now, may impact the future of guideline development. Already guideline developing bodies are reflecting on how these rapid approaches will impact their practices in future. Where ‘rapid guidance’ was still a niche in guideline development, where most guidelines take years to develop, this is likely to change due to Covid-19. If it does, knowledge appraisal methods that are rapid but also robust need to be documented. Now is the time to do so.

If you are interested in joining the webinars/workshops, please contact Teun Zuiderent-Jerak: teun.zuiderent-jerak@vu.nl

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Allied Health

The G-I-N Board of Trustees agreed to the development of such a community of interest following two successful workshops held at the G-I-N conference in Lisbon in 2009. Objectives of the community are to promote and stimulate multidisciplinary collaboration in clinical guidelines, and to further facilitate and increase interactions between medical and allied health professionals.

The current Chair of the Allied Health Working Group is Simone Van Dulmen: simone.vandulmen@radboudumc.nl

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GINAHTA

GINAHTA's main objectives is to explore common methods and to facilitate collaboration and sharing of products between the HTA (represented by INAHTA) and guideline community (represented by G-I-N) .

The current Co-Chairs of the GINAHTA Working Group are Holger Schunemann (holger.schunemann@mcmaster.ca) and Mouna Jameleddine (m.jameleddine@ineas.tn)

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G-I-N PUBLIC

The main objective of G-I-N PUBLIC is to support effective patient and public involvement in the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines (CPG's). G-I-N PUBLIC offers a forum for exchange between patient and public organisations, CPG developers, and researchers.

The current Chair of the G-I-N PUBLIC Working Group is Jane Cowl: jane.cowl@nice.org.uk

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G-I-N Tech

The aim of G-I-N Tech is to aid G-I-N members in sharing evidence from the various electronic tools currently available, and also provide a forum for members to discuss the best way to use the various tools.

The current Chair of the G-I-N Tech Working Group is Ton Kuijpers: t.kuijpers@nhg.org

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Guidelines Collaboration

This working group aims to explore and investigate best practices that optimise collaboration among guideline developers and to promote tactics that can be used to mitigate barriers of successful collaboration.

The current Chair of the Guidelines Collaboration Working Group is Lisa Fatheree: lfather@cap.org

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Implementation

The primary purpose of the Implementation Working Group (IWG) is to build capacity for guideline implementation. To do so, the IWG will progress the science of guideline implementation by generating knowledge and associated outputs/products on how to plan, undertake, enable and evaluate guideline implementation. It will also promote the practice of guideline implementation by generating and sharing knowledge and tools, and organising and offering training opportunities.

The current Chair of the Implementation Working Group is Craig Lockwood: craig.lockwood@adelaide.edu.au

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LMIC - Low and Middle Income Countries

Most of the focus within G-I-N centres on guideline development, implementation, and research in the developed world. While G-I-N supports and encourages engagement of both institutions and individuals from developing countries to benefit from the networking and sharing of knowledge, it was considered that a working group could provide opportunities for focused activities in the domain of clinical guidelines to improve health outcome across Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC).

The current Chair of the LMIC Working Group is Joseph Mathew: joseph.l.mathew@gmail.com

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Multimorbidity

The G-I-N Board of Trustees agreed to establish the Multimorbidity Working Group after considerable interest was shown in the topic at the G-I-N annual conference 2013, held in San Francisco.

A list of useful resources on multimorbidity is now available on the website.

The current Chair of the Multimorbidity Working Group is Jako Burgers: J.Burgers@nhg.org

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Overdiagnosis

The Overdiagnosis Working Group was established to help set an internationally acceptable set of rules and guidance on the requirements for modifying the definitions of diseases. The group works to provide guidance to guideline developers who are considering a change to the definition or thresholds for specific diseases, or developing new clinical categories.

The current Chair of the Overdiagnosis Working Group is Paul Glasziou: pglaszio@bond.edu.au

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Performance Measures

The Performance Measures Working Group aims to link best practices to performance measures. The group works to develop standards for guidelines based performance measure development.

The current Chair of the Performance Measures Group is Monika Nothacker: nothacker@awmf.org

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Updating Guidelines

The Updating Guidelines Working Group aims to provide a network, for those interested in updating CPGs methodology (guideline users, developers, and other stakeholders), to exchange knowledge and experiences about methodological and operational issues. The group works to develop resources for the guideline community and coordinate efforts with the systematic reviews community to streamline processes.

The current Chair of the Updating Guidelines Working Group is Emma McFarlane: Emma.McFarlane@nice.org.uk

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Page last updated: Dec 12, 2019
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